Enews October 2015

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Oct 2015

Is the Community 
Initiatives Fund in 
 your community yet? 

The CIF supports 
community projects that 
enhance the quality of life 
 for children, youth, & adults 
of all ages. Projects may
involve early childhood 
development, youth 
programming, volunteer
 leadership, physical activity, 
 Aboriginal inclusion, facility 
upgrades or renovations,
 and community celebrations.

In this e-update:

  - Next CIF Deadline: February 1, 2016
  - Northern Tour Outcomes!
  - CIF Feature Story: TransSask Outreach Program! 

  - Other Funding Sources:

  • Forever... in motion Grant
  • Multicultural Education Initiatives 
  • First Nation's Member Recreation Grant 
  • Metis Cultural Development Fund Grant
  • Community Rink Affordability Grant
  - CIF Grant Tip: The Review Process!   














Next Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 1, 2016

Don't Miss it!

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer Grant? The next deadline is midnight February 1st. 

Summer Grant: Support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 and August 31. Annual Deadline: February 1.

Community Grant Program:
 Community grants that enhance the health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan's children, youth and families. Annual Deadlines: April 1 & October 1. 

Community Places & Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Final Deadline: October 1, 2016.

CIF 2015 Northern Tour Outcome! 

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Feature Story: 

TransSask Support Services - Rural Outreach Project!

newlogosmallurl.pngTransSask Support Services' Rural Outreach Project was developed in June of 2015 with the drive to bring information and opportunities for education and training about Saskatchewan's transgender community to groups and organizations located in areas outside the cities of Saskatoon and Regina.

The Rural Outreach Project has two target audiences: 1) rural area service providers, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other groups; and 2) transgender people. "Through working together with rural area service providers, we hope to offer training and information, and through partnership with these service providers, ultimately make available a network of resources and support accessible by transgender folk living in rural Saskatchewan" says Mikayla Schultz - Executive Director of TransSask Support Services Inc. 

"Our very first funding opportunity, thanks to the CIF, has provided us the chance to employ a transgender individual, improving their quality of life immensely. Because of extremely high levels of oppression and discrimination, transgender people often find themselves unemployed and living in poverty at rates far higher than any average. We are really excited to be able to provide opportunity to our community" says Schultz. 

The project will bring to many people, a source of information and support where they would otherwise not have. Through training opportunities, TransSask Support Services hopes to help service providers better understand transgender people and their obligations to serve them as they would any other person, in spite current stigmas. "It goes without saying, this increase of awareness by rural area service providers will make for improved conditions for transgender folk in their day to day interactions within their local communities" says Schultz. 

transsask quote.png"I'm proud to be who I am and to be a part of this community. Helping pioneer safety and protection for the next generation. There are so many strong, amazing people to learn from and grow with. We will make it!" This quote is from a transgender man (assigned female at birth) during a conversation about filing a Human Rights complaint after being denied a change of gender marker on Saskatchewan Government issued identification. This individual came into contact with TransSask through their website, a common portal for urban and rural folk, seeking information and support as he dealt with the social and psychological impact of being refused legal recognition of his lived gender. As a result of having identification incongruent to his gender, he cited incidents of being refused medical services, banking services, and was concerned that he would not be able to secure employment because of the current state of his identification. These are the types of problems TransSask is prepared to deal with, but did not have any connection to many trans folk in rural areas of Saskatchewan until the Rural Outreach Project.

Find this Feature Story PDF here

Other Funding Sources: 

SPRA Forever...in motion Grant – Deadline: October 15, 2015 
The purpose of this grant is to support communities to start a program and become a new Forever...in motion host site. This is a program that helps older adults become physically active through volunteer, peer, or staff led physical activity groups. The goal is to improve and maintain the health of older adults living in the community through support, education, research, partnerships and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Click here for more information. 

MCoS Multicultural Education Initiatives – Deadline: October 30, 2015
MCoS offers this grant to schools and school boards in Saskatchewan to benefit students though the classroom and professional development projects that promote the understanding, respect, appreciation, acceptance and celebration of all people as equally valuable in our society. Click here for more information. 

SPRA First Nation's Member Recreation Grant – Deadline: October 31, 2015 
The purpose of this SPRA grant is to assist First Nation members to develop recreation opportunities in the First Nation communities within Saskatchewan. This grant will focus solely on the development of recreation opportunities, as recreation plays a key role in promoting healthy lifestyle choices and should be available to all Saskatchewan residents. Click here for more information.

SaskCulture Metis Cultural Development Fund – Deadline: November 2, 2015 
The fund is intended to preserve, strengthen and share Metis culture, traditions and leadership in Saskatchewan. Priority will be given to projects that will provide a significant opportunity to preserve and promote Metis culture and identity. Click here for more information. 

SPRA Community Rink Affordability Grant – Deadline: December 15, 2015 
This supports the maintenance and operation of indoor skating and curling ice surfaces - the hub of healthy, active Saskatchewan communities. Eligible applicants can receive $2,500 per indoor ice surface. Click here for more information.

CIF Grant Tip Presents: The Review Process!

 What happens after you submit a grant application?

So you’ve submitted an application for a grant to the CIF. Now what? The CIF Grants Administrator will review all applications to confirm basic eligibility requirements are met and the application is complete. Applicants may be contacted by the CIF Grants Administrator to provide clarification or further detail on their budget or proposed project. Eligible applications will then be forwarded to the relevant adjudication committee, based on the location and/or type of project.

The CIF’s adjudication committees are composed of volunteers from across the province with varied experience and knowledge to assist with application reviews and making recommendations to the CIF Board. Funding recommendations are based on a competitive, merit-based process. CIF program funding is limited, and not every eligible application may receive funding. The amount approved for each project may be less than the amount requested and is based on how closely the project meets grant criteria, eligible expenses, the number of requests received, and consideration for providing support across the province. 

Recommendations from the adjudication committees are forwarded to the CIF Board for final consideration and approval. Applicants will receive written notification of the outcomes of their funding requests within two months of the application deadline. 

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Have other questions about our grants? Drop us a line at admin@cifsask.org.

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